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Crusher

Usher keeps Janet from a No. 1 debut. ''Damita Jo'' sells nearly 400,000 in a week with five top 10 debuts

Usher | HE'S NO. 1 Usher stayed at the top this week
Image credit: Usher: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images
HE'S NO. 1 Usher stayed at the top this week

Maybe she should have had another wardrobe malfunction. Even though Janet Jackson appeared on every show this side of public access cable last week, she was unable to unseat Usher's ''Confessions'' from the top of the Billboard album chart, where it reigned for a second week and sold another 486,000 copies, according to SoundScan (its two-week total is already 1.58 million). Jackson's ''Damita Jo'' became her first album since 1989's ''Rhythm Nation 1814'' not to debut in first place; she settled for a No. 2 opening and sales of 381,000. (Her last release, 2001's ''All for You,'' opened on top and moved 605,000 units its first week.) Still, Jackson beat four other new releases that were strong enough to open in the top 10.

Texas rapper Lil' Flip saw his second release, ''U Gotta Feel Me,'' open at No. 4 and sell 198,000 copies. Rap newbie J-Kwon sold 103,000 copies of ''Hood Hop'' to open at No. 7. Classic rockers Aerosmith and Eric Clapton both released blues albums this week, with Aerosmith's ''Honkin' on Bobo'' opening in fifth place (160,500 sold) and Clapton's ''Me and Mr. Johnson'' (as in legendary bluesman Robert) debuting one notch below at No. 6 (128,000).

Sliding one slot to third place this week is ''NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 15.'' Norah Jones' ''Feels Like Home'' dropped three places to No. 8. Guns N' Roses' ''Greatest Hits'' slipped six spots to ninth place. Kanye West's ''The College Dropout'' dropped two rungs to No. 10.

Originally posted Apr 07, 2004